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Book Time at Brooker Creek

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Book time includes story-related crafts, games and hands-on activities. Best for ages 3-5. In Susie Caldwell Rinehart's book Eliza and the Dragonfly, follow the life cycle of a dragonfly from pond-dwelling nymph to a beautiful flying creature. 10:30 a.m. Free (registration required). Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Today

Tai Chi: Learn the movements of Tai Chi at a relaxed pace. 9:30-10 a.m. $3 with ID card, $4 without. Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3299.

Razzmatazz Ventriloquist and Magic Show: An interactive ventriloquist and magic show for the entire family. 3 p.m. Free. North Greenwood Library, 905 N MLK Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 462-6895; www.clearwater-fl.com/CPL/index.asp.

Oldsmar Library Teen Programs: Oldsmar Public Library offers the following programs for teens ages 13-19: A craft day of making hemp bracelets or key rings. Registration is required. 3-5 p.m. Free. Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1178; www.oldsmarlibrary.org.

Greater Pinellas Democratic Club: The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club will host a dinner meeting with guest speaker Phil Compton, representing the Sierra Club; Aaron Carmella, zone coordinator AFL-CIO; and nine candidates for various nonpartisan School Board positions will discuss their candidacies. Questions will be welcomed. 6-8 p.m. $15 dinner cost. Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park.

Kiwanis to Meet: Koni Cassini, director of finance with Tampa Bay Water, will speak about plans related to our water supply. The public is welcome to attend. Call for reservations. 6-8 p.m. Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane, Clearwater.; www.kiwanis.org/club/springtimecity.

Friday

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of the pool's splash area. 9:45-10:45 a.m. $1.50, 2 and younger no fee. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; www.largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

Park It Fridays! The city of Oldsmar Leisure Services Department invites family to "Park It" in a comfortable spot and learn about different topics. This week, Shan Fernandez discusses "What's All This About Water?" 10 a.m. Free. R.E. Olds Park , 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1152; www.ci.oldsmar.fl.us/Events_News/events_news.htm.

Art, Books and Community Reading Club: Read and discuss books about modern art and enjoy light refreshments in the museum's Interactive Gallery. July's selection is Picasso's War by Russell Martin. Books are available for purchase at the museum or by interlibrary loan at the Palm Harbor Library. 10 a.m.-noon. Free with museum admission. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762; spcollege.edu/museum.

Outdoor Fun: An afternoon of fun lawn games for the whole family. 2:30 p.m. Free. North Greenwood Library, 905 N MLK Jr. Ave., Clearwater. (727) 462-6895; www.clearwater-fl.com/CPL/index.asp.

Art Studio Open House and Artist's Reception: Opening reception for an exhibit of innovative works by Kevin Strayer, including pastel paintings and intricate paper mosaics. Other events include a demonstration by members of the Miniature Art Society of Florida, and Stirling studio artists will be opening their studios and showing their work. 5:30 p.m. Free. Stirling Hall Art Studios, 730 Broadway, Dunedin.; www. stirlingartstudios.com/index.htm.

Dunedin Wine and Art Walk: Art, wine tasting, food, live entertainment. This month's entertainment by Michelle Lee Grossman. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10 wristbands. Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. (727) 734-8671; 2ndFridayDunedin.com.

All American Sock Hop: Celebrate America and National Ice Cream Month at this oldies dance with a DJ, trivia, classic American cuisine, trivia contests and a build your own sundae or banana split bar. 7-11 p.m. $34.95. Bon Appetit Restaurant, 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin. (727) 733-2151; www.bonappetitrestaurant.com.

Flick N Float Family Movies: All ages are welcome to bring floats or chairs for the Friday night family movie. Free hot dogs and Chick-fil-A sandwiches; concessions are also available. The movie begins at dusk. Imagine That 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10 w/Largo Recreation Card for up to 5 people; $15 w/o card for up to 5 people. Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3125.

'The Music Man': An affectionate ode to small-town America of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying musical instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize — this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $18, $16 for members, $12 for students. Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; www.tarponarts.org.

Short Plays Festival: Eight new one act plays are presented: A Line of Malarky, by Larry Parr; Herman's Wedding, by John Franceschini; One Sunday Morning, by Dennis Jones; Diva, by Mark Berman; The Voice of Silence, by Lauren Tunnell; How Nice of You to Ask, by Rich Rubin; Full, by Bill Doncaster; Therapy , by George J Bryjak. Take the service road from US 19 and Drew Street to the theater. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15. West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363; wcplayers.com.

Nunsense: Musical comedy about the misadventures of the Little Sisters of Hoboken in their efforts to raise funds to bury the dearly departed members of their convent who died from food poisoning after eating Sister Julia's vichyssoise. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. $26, $16 age 19 and younger. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.; www.largoarts.com.

Friday Night West Coast Swing Dance Party: Kick up your heels swing dancing every Friday to the sounds of DJs Jim Scott & Doug Kirsch. Sponsored by the Tampa Bay West Coast Swing Association, Inc. Admission price includes free soft drinks and refreshments. Visit www.tbwcsa.com. 8:30-11:30 p.m. $5 for TBWCSA members; $8 for non-members. Dance America Dance Studio, 4445 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. (727) 393-5088.

Saturday

Christmas in July at the Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs: Ho Ho Ho, it's hot. But that won't bother Santa during this celebration of all things Christmas in July. There will be breakfast and lunch with Santa, a Santa parade, a cruise and photos with Santa, Reindeer 101 classes (to get to know the lowdown on the real workhorses of the night) and elf games for kids. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Some events free; breakfast, lunch, cruise extra. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. http://spongedocks.net/

Dunedin Summer Saturday Market: Produce, cheeses, seafood, plants, herbs, honey, pet products, organics and more. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free (items individually priced). Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. (727) 733-4215.

Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace: Products available for sale will include farm-fresh produce, gourmet cheese, nuts, local honey, baked goods, specialty oils, designer jewelry, food to eat and food to go. Live entertainment. Free doughnut for all who attend. The market will be open the second Saturday of July and August. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free (items individually priced). Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace, 500 Block of Cleveland Street, Clearwater. (727) 461-7674; clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.

Tennis Clinics for Kids and Adults: USPTA certified instructor Rob Delgado will teach beginner to intermediate players proper tennis technique and strategy. Classes will be held at 9 a.m. (ages 8-14) and 10 a.m. (ages 15-adult). 9 a.m. $5, recreation card holders free. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; www.largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

Video Games on Loan: Attention, video game players! The library offers Xbox 360 and Wii games for seven-day check-out. Some popular Wii games available include Lego Harry Potter, New Super Mario Brothers, and Wii Sports Resort. Xbox 360 games include Halo 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 3, and Batman: Arkham Asylum. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor.

Brooker Creek Nature Hike: Get up close to the environment around you in a guided nature hike; wear closed shoes, bring water and a hat. Best for ages 6 and older. 9-10:30 a.m. Free, but registration required. Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Rain Harvesting: You can save collected rainwater for garden use while saving money on water bills. Learn how in this workshop. Rain barrels available for purchase ($30). Limited space. 9-10:30 a.m. Free, but advance registration is required. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2100; pinellascountyextension.org.

Book Discussion: A book discussion of Norman MacLean's A River Runs Through It will be led by Dr. Greg Byrd of the St. Petersburg College Communications Department. Copies of the book are available at the reference desk or may be obtained at most local libraries. 10 a.m. Free. Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 298-3080.

Christmas in July Puppy Workshop: This class will help puppies overcome behaviors like nipping and chewing and teach house training. There will also be a visit from Santa Dog to remind puppies to be good year round! Puppies up to a year old are invited to attend and must have up-to-date vaccinations. Participants must sign up online at www.spcatampabay.org. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free for SPCA Tampa Bay adopters; general public $10. SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 586-3591; www.spcatampabay.org.

All Day Scrapbooking Crop: Participants ages 16 and older will have fun scrapbooking while socializing with others. Bring your own photos and supplies. Drinks and light snacks will be provided. noon-8 p.m. $10 with Rec Card, $13 without. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016; www.largo.com/department/division.php?fDD=13-61.

Backgammon Tournament: The Tampa Bay Backgammon Club will host a tournament Saturday. Noon. Hampton Inn & Suites, 39284 Highway 19 N, Tarpon Springs.

SPCA Tampa Bay Pet Bowl: Join SPCA Tampa Bay at its seventh annual Pet Bowl to benefit homeless animals. Team registration includes three games of bowling, shoe and bowling ball rental, Pet Bowl T-Shirt, lunch and chance drawing ticket for prizes. To obtain sponsorship opportunities or to register a team e-mail petbowl@spcatampabay.org. Noon-4 p.m. $40 per bowler/teams of five. Seminole Lanes Bowling Center, 8668 Park Blvd., Seminole. (727) 392-2271; spcatampabay.com.

Veterans Benefit Seminar: A free seminar, led by veterans advocate Mark Larson, will shed light on the Aid & Attendance program, which provides eligible wartime veterans and surviving spouses up to $2,582 per month, tax-free. To meet eligibility, a veteran must have served at least 90 days with one day during a declared war, among other requirements. The seminar is designed to help veterans navigate the sometimes difficult application process. Open to the public with refreshments provided. 12:30-2 p.m. Free. Belleair Towers, 1100 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Clearwater..

Art Social and Open House: Meet artist Klaus Porsch, whose detailed Florida landscapes and seascapes are on view through July 30. He'll demonstrate his painting techniques and answer questions throughout the reception. 1-4 p.m. Free. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6800; brookercreekpreserve.org.

Clearwater East Library Activities: The Clearwater East Library presents the following children's activities: Come to the Lego Club and build! 2-3 p.m. Free. Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970.

Pink 'n Boots Breast Cancer Fundraiser: Support breast cancer research at a country evening out with 50/50 raffles, line dancing and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Team Naughty Nodes. 4-8 p.m. $10 donation. Waterin' Trough, 12333 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 530-4443; www.waterintrough.com.

A Night in the Islands: A night under the stars on the historic Sponge Docks features live Greek music, Greek dancing and instructions, free lessons in tavli (Greek backgammon), dining and more. Prior to the main event, there will be live Greek music between 4 and 6 p.m. on Dodecanese Boulevard at Riverwalk, west of Hope Street. This portion features Ellada performing nisiotika, the lively traditional music of the Greek Islands. 6-11 p.m. Free. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-5605; spongedocks.net.

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: Murder on the 19th Hole: Interactive murder mystery dinner show presented by MurderS She Wrote, Inc. 6 p.m. $47.50 dinner and show. Grand Hotel Clearwater, 20967 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (813) 727-7012; murdersshewrote.com.

Dunedin Blue Jays: Carnival Night: Get ready for a festive atmosphere as the Blue Jays set up a carnival at Dunedin Stadium. The parking lot will have everything from rides to games to your favorite carnival foods. Also, as part of Junior Jays Saturday, members will be able to take the field with the D-Jays, announce for an inning, run the bases and participate in many other promotions. 7 p.m. $6. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302; dunedin.bluejays.milb.com.

Book Time at Brooker Creek 07/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 6:33pm]

    

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